Ian Wolfe

Ian Wolfe

  • Highest Rated: 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Up the Academy (1980)
  • Birthday: Nov 4, 1896
  • Birthplace: Canton, Illinois, USA
  • Ian Wolfe was determined to become an actor even as a youth in his hometown of Canton, IL. His Broadway debut was in the warhorse Lionel Barrymore vehicle The Claw. While acting with Katherine Cornell in The Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1934, Wolfe was spotted by MGM producer Irving Thalberg, who brought the actor to Hollywood to re-create his Barretts role. Though not yet 40, Wolfe had the receding hairline and lined features necessary for aged character roles. By his own count, Wolfe appeared in over 200 films, often uncredited assignments in the roles of judges, attorneys, butlers, and shopkeepers. Some of his best screen moments occurred in producer Val Lewton's Bedlam (1946), wherein Wolfe played an 18th century scientist confined to a mental asylum for proposing the invention of motion pictures. Because his actual age was difficult to pinpoint, Wolfe kept working into the 1990s (and his nineties); he was a particular favorite of TV's MTM productions, appearing on such sitcoms as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Rhoda. Co-workers during this period noted affectionately that, despite his many years as a professional, Wolfe was always seized with "stage fright" just before walking on the set. Though often cast in timid roles, Ian Wolfe was quite outspoken and fiercely defensive of his craft; when asked what he thought of certain method actors who insist upon playing extensions of "themselves," Wolfe snapped that he became an actor to pretend to be other people.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The First Rebel Poole 2015
63% Dick Tracy Forger 1990
20% Checking Out Mr. D'Amato 1989
33% Creator Prof. Brauer 1985
No Score Yet Jinxed Morley 1982
No Score Yet Mae West Dorset 1982
90% Reds Mr. Partlow 1981
0% Up the Academy Commandant Caseway 1980
50% The Frisco Kid Father Joseph 1979
No Score Yet The Seniors Mr. Bleiffer 1978
No Score Yet James A. Michener's Dynasty Actor 1976
No Score Yet Mr. Sycamore Abner/Arnie 1975
20% The Fortune Justice of the Peace 1975
No Score Yet Homebodies Mr. Loomis 1974
57% The Terminal Man The Priest 1974
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Father MacHugh 1973
87% THX 1138 PTO 1971
67% Games Dr. Edwards 1967
No Score Yet Diary of a Madman Pierre 1963
No Score Yet One Man's Way Bishop Hardwick 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Gruber 1962
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work O'Hara 1961
No Score Yet The Lost World Burton White 1960
85% Pollyanna Mr. Neely 1960
100% Witness for the Prosecution Carter 1957
96% Rebel Without a Cause Lecturer 1955
No Score Yet The King's Thief Fell 1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell President Calvin Coolidge 1955
69% Moonfleet Tewkesbury 1955
No Score Yet Sincerely Yours Mr. Rojeck 1955
No Score Yet Diane Lord Tremouille 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Theron 1954
No Score Yet Her Twelve Men (Miss Baker's Dozen) Roger Frane 1954
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Mr. Pope 1954
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Rev. Elcott 1954
No Score Yet The Actress Mr. Bagley 1953
85% Houdini Fante 1953
95% Julius Caesar Ligarius 1953
No Score Yet Young Bess Stranger 1953
100% 99 River Street Walde Daggett 1953
No Score Yet Something for the Birds Foster 1952
No Score Yet Captain Pirate Viceroy 1952
No Score Yet Les Miserables Presiding Judge 1952
78% The Captive City Rev. Nash 1952
94% On Dangerous Ground Carrey 1952
60% Here Comes the Groom Uncle Adam 1951
76% A Place in the Sun Dr. Wyeland 1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso Hutchins 1951
No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger Signor Donner 1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Mr. Henderson 1950
88% No Way Out Watkins 1950
No Score Yet Please Believe Me Edward Warrender 1950
80% The Magnificent Yankee Mr. Adams 1950
No Score Yet Colorado Territory Homer Wallace 1949
No Score Yet The Younger Brothers Chairman 1949
No Score Yet Bride of Vengeance Councillor 1949
No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Hector Brown 1949
89% Johnny Belinda Rector 1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves Hobson 1948
100% They Live by Night Hawkins 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Smith 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Deputy 1948
No Score Yet Three Daring Daughters Butler 1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Martin 1947
No Score Yet King of the Range Black 1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady E.J. Lutz, Pathologist 1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women L.B. Crandall 1947
100% Pursued Coroner 1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes Doctor 1947
No Score Yet Unexpected Guest Actor 1947
No Score Yet Marauders Black 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Charlie Gibbs 1946
No Score Yet California James K. Polk 1946
No Score Yet The Verdict Jury Foreman 1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill Scotland Yard Man 1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Lord Mortimer 1946
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Forever Norton 1946
No Score Yet The Notorious Lone Wolf Adam Wheelright 1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers Gillkie the Barrister (uncredited) 1946
89% Bedlam Sidney Long 1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Adventure Denison 1946
No Score Yet Love Letters Vicar 1945
No Score Yet The Brighton Strangler Mayor 1945
No Score Yet Counter-Attack (One Against Seven) Ostrovski 1945
No Score Yet A Song to Remember Pleyel's Clerk 1945
No Score Yet The Merry Monahans Clerk 1944
No Score Yet In Society Actor 1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death Amos Hodder 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Reporter 1944
40% The Invisible Man's Revenge Jim Feeny 1944
No Score Yet The Scarlet Claw Drake 1944
80% The White Cliffs of Dover Skipper 1944
No Score Yet The Imposter (Strange Confession) Sergeant Clerk 1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat Herman Einreich 1944
No Score Yet Zombies on Broadway Prof. Hopkins 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Minister of the Interior 1943
No Score Yet The Falcon and the Co-eds Eustace L. Harley 1943
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy Librarian 1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major Prof. Runnymead 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Antique Store Clerk 1943
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Strawley 1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington Antique Store Clerk 1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down Joseph 1943
89% Random Harvest Registrar 1942
91% Now, Voyager Lloyd 1942
92% Mrs. Miniver Dentist 1942
83% Saboteur Robert, the Butler 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Reggie 1942
100% Love Crazy Doctor 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Mayor 1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo Conrad Stadt 1941
94% Foreign Correspondent Stiles the Butler 1940
No Score Yet Earthbound Totten 1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago Reading Clerk 1940
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Cemetery Caretaker 1939
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising Poole 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Judge 1939
No Score Yet The Great Commandment Tax collector 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Charles Wentworth 1939
No Score Yet Fast and Loose Wilkes 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Herbert, the Jailer 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Kirby's Secretary 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns A. LeMarchand 1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Leon 1937
60% The Prince and the Pauper Proprietor 1937
No Score Yet The Firefly Izquierdo 1937
No Score Yet Maytime Court Official 1937
No Score Yet The Bold Caballero The Priest 1936
78% Romeo and Juliet Apothecary 1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty Maggs 1935
100% Mad Love Henry Orlac 1935
100% The Raven `Pinky' Geoffrey 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Kent 1935
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Harry Bevan 1934

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Mr. Bigley Mr. Lazeroni
  • 1983
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Buzz Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
Hirsch
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Old Man
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Hooper
  • 1977
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Biederman
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Sam
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Grandfather
  • 1971
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Septimus Mr. Atoz
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Jackson
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Rev. Leighton
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Dr. Babcock
  • 1965
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Amos the Manager Harrison Ed Baxter Flinch
  • 1965
  • 1961
  • 1960
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Schwimmer
  • 1963

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